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Making sure you understand your choice of weight loss procedure beforehand is important, but if you’ve already had one, you might not have expected to ever have another. The lap band is regarded as a safe and effective weight loss method, and indeed, Brand Surgical Institute and his medical team have had enormous success helping patients lose weight in this way. Some lap band patients, including those of other surgeons, come to Brand Surgical Institute afterwards wondering about the advantages of Lap Band vs Gastric Sleeve, and often they decide to convert to the sleeve. Since the lap band is added to the stomach, it’s important that the lap band stay in place, and at the correct tightness. Certain stomachs and certain body types respond in usual ways. Some patients can find that the lap band has not stayed in the exact position desired, or that it has begun to erode or cause irritation. These conditions are relatively rare, but if they result in the lap band not functioning properly, it may be necessary to remove it. Once removed, the progress the patient had made in their weight lost can be stopped or reversed, and weight gain might begin. Thus it might be preferable to switch to a gastric sleeve rather than leaving off the Lap Band and getting no further procedures. In considering the Lap Band vs Gastric Sleeve, it’s important to realize that unlike the Lap Band, the Gastric Sleeve removes part of the stomach. However, after removing the Lap Band, many patients pick the Gastric Sleeve for continuing their efforts in surgical weight loss, partly because Brand Surgical Institute and it's team have a reputation for achieving such dramatic weight loss with this method. When considering the question of Lap Band vs Gastric Sleeve, let the surgeons at Brand Surgical Institute guide you through the decision process.